Roberto de Zerbi has confirmed that Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez is now no longer training with the first team.

He told journalist Tom Barclay that this has come as a result of the 25-year-old’s request, not long after he was dropped from the starting side at the Amex.

Reports in recent weeks have linked Sanchez with a move away from the South Coast, with Chelsea one of the sides strongest linked with a possible deal.

Despite impressing greatly in recent seasons, it has been a tougher few weeks recently for the Spaniard. He has lost his place in the first team to Jason Steele.

This quickly followed with murmurs that it may not be all plain sailing for the goalkeeper at Brighton, despite him still featuring in big games such as the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

Sanchez not training with Brighton

Chelsea are a club who look set to address between the sticks during the upcoming transfer window. It is reportedly one of the positions prospective new manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to improve going into next season.

A future with either Kepa Arrizabalaga or Edouard Mendy in goal would certainly not be the most exciting prospect for supporters who are looking to move on from what has been a dire campaign.

While the Spain international has made a string of sensational saves this season, it has not come without its share of moments where he could have done better.

Mendy meanwhile has struggled for minutes in recent months, after hardly being picked by former manager Graham Potter.

However, a rare appearance at the weekend against Nottingham Forest will have done little to convince anyone that he can be a viable option for the club going forward.

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